NFL: Will the Buffalo Bills Signing of C.J. Spiller Send Marshawn Lynch Packing?

Brian Mazurek@brianjco1Contributor IAugust 6, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  C.J. Spiller from the Clemson Tigers holds up a Buffalo Bills jersey after he was selected #9 overall by the Bills during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Now that running back C.J. Spiller has signed with the Buffalo Bills for $25 million (or up to $37 million), will his arrival mean the departure of Marshawn Lynch or even Fred Jackson?

It could, but I certainly hope it doesn't.

Can you imagine the backfield weapons head coach Chan Gailey could have at his disposal for the pathetic Buffalo offense?

Spiller is a play maker—a quick, speedy, shifty back for the slot position who can also run back kicks and punts.

Now Lynch, who has shown unbelievable talent at times, especially when he gets into "beast mode" is hard-running, hard-hitting and hard-nosed.

Jackson is a perfect mix between Spiller and Lynch. He hits the hole quick enough, is a good receiver out of the backfield, and is a solid running back.

Three types of talented running backs, all on one team.

No one should complain about not getting the ball enough. Spiller is a rookie and shouldn't expect it. Lynch, after last season, has to prove himself and Jackson is an all-around team player who worked his tail off over the years to make it into the NFL.

Let's see if these three guys can share the ball and make the Bills a real "team". I feel 10-15 touches per game per player could turn into a lethal offense for Buffalo.

Now throw Roscoe Parrish in the mix along with wide receivers James Hardy, Stevie Johnson and Lee Evans and you've got some serious weapons to take the load off quarterback Trent Edwards. It would put pressure on the offensive line, however, to give these talented players enough holes and time to produce.

The salary cap shouldn't be an issue to release Jackson or Lynch. Buffalo doesn't have enough high-paid talent to be pushing the salary cap. And the Bills always have a "junk" running back that produces nothing. Let's keep the "three amigos" together and see what happens.

I also believe if Buffalo was going to dump Lynch, it would have happened a long time ago. All training camps are into full swing and anyone adding Lynch at this point obviously has some serious running back issues.

Let's keep this trio together. I think this was the game plan all along and I think having all three on the opening day roster would really make the Dolphins think about who is going to be the featured back and what the Bills will employ on offense.


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